MDiv Program Key
The Master of Divinity is a generalist graduate level program which consists of 93 credit hours of study and a total of 31 courses. There are 19 required courses on the essential course list, and 12 electives. Students are advised to work on one course at a time. Students must update their academic adviser of their progress once every eight weeks.
I. Essential Course List
Scholarly Research and Writing
Old Testament Introduction
New Testament Introduction
Biblical Theology I
Biblical Theology II
Introduction to Textual Criticism
New Testament Exegesis
Church History I
Church History II
Introduction to Biblical Counseling
Theology of Ministry
Principles of Effective Leadership
II. Electives (Choose 12, including 1 language elective)*
Advanced Worldview Analysis
Old Testament Exegesis
Textual Criticism of the New Testament
Textual Criticism of the Old Testament
Advanced Apologetic Method
Introduction to Islam
Introduction to Buddhism
Introduction to Hinduism
Theology and Practice of Evangelism
World Mission of the Church
Theology of World Missions
Educational Ministry of the Church
Christian Political Theory
Advanced Biblical Counseling
Issues in Biblical Counseling
Theology of Biblical Counseling
C. S. Lewis: His Theology and Philosophy
Introduction to Reformed Theology
Introduction to Wesleyan Theology
*There are many more electives available. Contact your academic adviser for more information.
III. Completing Courses: Scholarly Research and Writing
This is is the only course which does not require you to listen to lectures. This course must be completed first.
For this course, read the following:
Richard A. Holland Jr., Benjamin K. Forest, Good Arguments: Making Your Case in Writing
and Public Speaking, (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017).
C. H. Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2016).
Brian Rosner, Andrew Cameron, The Trials of Theology: Becoming a 'Proven Worker' in a Dangerous Business, (Ross-shire: Christian Focus, 2010).
John Piper, Mark A. Knoll, Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, (Wheaton: Crossway, 2001).
Todd Wilson, Gerald L. Hiestand, The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015).
Complete a research paper consisting of 12-15 pages on prayer or a topic of your choice. Be sure to utilize Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Ed., (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018) in terms of format and footnotes. Refrain from relying upon secondary or internet sources. Submit your paper in either .doc or .docx format to your academic adviser.
IV. Completing Courses: Essential Courses and Electives
Students may elect to use different lectures from various sources (e.g., iTunes U, Biblical Training, YouTube, WTS, RTS, etc.). Lectures must be approved by your academic adviser.
There are three assignments for each class. Each of these components must be completed in full for class credit. Once you have completed the assignments for one class, email them to your academic adviser in .doc or .dox format.
1. Read 800-1000 pages on each subject. This reading should serve as the basis for the assigned research paper. Books, monographs, commentaries, or scholarly journal articles will serve as suitable reading. Students may also substitute lectures, debates, and other audio/video resources for reading. Every hour of lectures, etc., will count as 30 pp. of reading, up to two-thirds of the reading requirement. Unless necessary, refrain from relying upon internet sources in your paper. Click here for a list of recommended resources.
2. Produce either two sermons or two Sunday school lessons on the relevant subject.
3. Produce a research paper of no less than 12-15 pages. This paper must interact significantly with the literature you read. Footnotes and a bibliography are required. Consult the resources utilized in Scholarly Research and Writing for grammatical and syntactical questions. Also, all papers must be written in accordance with Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Ed., (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018). For questions regarding citation style click here for a sample paper.
Once an academic adviser has received a student's work, he will examine it and either issue a grade for the course, or he may send back a particular assignment for redaction or correction. Because it may take several weeks for your adviser to complete grading, students should move on to the next course once your materials have been submitted. Course grading is determined by the following weights:
Lectures/Summaries 10% Pass or Fail
Sermons/Lessons 10% Pass or Fail
Research Papers 80% Graded